Definition of decentre in English:


(US decenter)


[with object]
  • 1Displace from the centre or from a central position.

    • ‘Within this variety, where all races meet at America's crossroads, Levins Morales overcomes racism, decenters European authority, and affirms the power of America's multiracial heritage, all in the tradition of Ferre and Vega.’
    • ‘A consistent political factor of these new literatures lies in its strong impetus towards decentring the existing hierarchy.’
    • ‘The Nyoirin Kannon has been the subject of many scholarly discussions, and in my attempt to decenter it I have only added to the literature.’
    • ‘When teachers decenter their authority in multicultural classrooms, they give students greater responsibility for their own learning.’
    • ‘Around 1915, Shapley decentered the solar system by placing it toward the periphery of our galaxy.’
    • ‘I believe it was Freud who humbly suggested that the three greatest scientific revolutions were those that decentred humanity.’
    • ‘In this way, Ferre decenters the dominant culture of Puerto Rico, exposing its complicity with the margins, a move that is especially radical since it comes from a writer who inhabits that very center.’
    • ‘A snow-scape in almost permanent semi-opalescent darkness decentres the authority of vision and brings into the foreground the sonic environment.’
    • ‘Many comments reflected the peer group leaders' efforts to decenter their authority, although they also reveal that group members repeatedly characterized their leaders as more than peers.’
    • ‘Some within these movements understand that they have to study, to know more, to decentre themselves from the culturally dominant ideology.’
    • ‘He challenges and decenters the accounts given in the Western press.’
    • ‘Similarly, the drive to topple God from his throne (or decentre him as a universal referent for all knowledge) is closely bound up with the emergence of freedom as a key political value in Liberalism.’
    • ‘Such a stance decentres the place and expertise of academics.’
    • ‘They have decentered Euro-American feminism and are looking at lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender identities.’
    • ‘Freeman, a professor of history at Queens College, identifies several explanatory factors that decenter the city's image as a bastion of high finance and high culture.’
    • ‘Such narratives decenter national black protest organizations and their local branches, lending greater attention to indigenous, unaffiliated groupings.’
    • ‘Like Barbara Kingsolver in The Poisonwood Bible, Gregory seeks to decenter a Eurocentric viewpoint.’
    • ‘So Far From God parodies the family saga to decenter patriarchal biases inherent in the form; it further critiques individualism and constructs a new literary identity characterized by community.’
    • ‘That said, this is a brilliant and exciting book, which succeeds in decentering and refocusing our vision and understanding, forcing us back to both history and history painting to ask new and different questions.’
    • ‘Such investments reorganize instruction in ways that decenter the faculty, rationalize teaching, and expand the role of nonfaculty professionals.’
    1. 1.1 Remove or displace (the individual human subject, such as the author of a text) from a primary place or central role.
      ‘the decentring of the author is paradigmatic of contemporary experimental fiction’
      • ‘Despite many contemporary (and to my mind not at all nutty) attempts to decentre the author, in a book like this you can't escape the totalitarian presence (in what I've written above, I too have not succeeded).’
      • ‘The double meaning of language obliges the patient to decentre himself, to differentiate himself from the object; for the patient thinks he has heard one thing and then realises that the analyst has been saying something different.’
      • ‘A post-structuralist destabilizing or decentring of the self is not the same thing as doing away with the notion of the self.’
      • ‘Postmodernism's lack of explicit political content, however, remains for me problematic, as does its decentering of the subject and its approach to political action.’
      • ‘The trip to Lublin has decentered the American from his role as spectator into the role of participant in the multi-voiced dialogue of the journey.’